2017 NSBP Election

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The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2017 election.

This year, the following offices are up for election:

  • President (2 year term plus 1 year as past president)
  • Treasurer (2 year term)
  • Technical Executive Officer (2 year term)
  • Administrative Executive Officer (2 year term)

All nominees, nominators, and endorsers must be current NSBP members.  Members of the Nomination and Screening Committee are eligible to serve as nominators or endorsers.  Self-nominations are accepted.

To nominate an outstanding scientist to serve on as Officers of the society, please submit the following online by 11:59pm EST, October 26, 2017:

  1. Complete online Nomination form: https://form.jotform.us/nsbpelection/2017
  2. Nominee’s current curriculum vitae
  3. One candidate statement of interest.
  4. One photo
  5. At least one letter of support for the candidate from NSBP members.

All nominations will be treated confidentially by the Nomination and Screening Committee.  Incomplete nomination packets will not be considered.  The Committee will review the nominations and subsequently submit a slate of candidates to the membership for a vote. The online election will take place October 21-November 4th 2017. 

Please direct any questions regarding the nomination process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Kind Regards,

Jami M. Valentine, Ph.D 
Chair, Nomination & Screening Committee


Duties of the Officers

  • Duties of the President
    The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the Society. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and business sessions of the National Society at which his or her attendance is possible. The President shall perform such other functions as may be provided in the Constitution or By-laws and shall have the duty of delivering an address before the National Society at an appropriate Annual Conference during his or her term of office or within a year thereafter.
  • Duties of the Treasurer
    The Treasurer shall be responsible for guarding and conducting the financial and business affairs of the Society. The Treasurer shall prepare a budget of income and expenses each year and shall submit it to the Board of Directors. Approval of the budget by the Board of Directors shall authorize the Treasurer to disburse and invest the funds of the National Society in accordance with the budget. The Treasurer shall develop and manage a program of member services for the Society. The Treasurer shall give the Society a bond in the amount required by the Board of Directors, at the expense of the Society, with sureties satisfactory to the Board, for the faithful performance of the duties office and for delivery, upon demand by the Board, of all books, papers, vouchers, records, money, and other property of whatever kind belonging to the Society that have been in the custody of the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall submit to the Board of Directors an annual report on the financial condition of the Society, and shall perform such other duties as deemed desirable by the President, or as may be provided in the Constitution and By-Laws.
  • Duties of the Administrative Executive Officer
    The Administrative Executive Officer shall maintain the official legal documents of the Society. The Administrative Executive Officer shall maintain a record of the proceedings of the organization; prepare an agenda and the minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors; monitor announcements to notify members of the times and places of meetings; receive and transmit the correspondence of the Board of Directors; monitor the activities of the Standing Committees; and maintain the nomination records for new Members, Awardees, and Fellows of the Society. The Administrative Executive Officer shall perform other duties as deemed desirable by the President or as may be provided in the Constitution and By-Laws.
  • Duties of the Technical Executive Officer
    The Technical Executive Officer shall serve as principal advisor to the Board of Directors on technical affairs; monitor the progress of physics both in the United States and abroad; maintain a profile of technical resources available through members of the Society; advise the Society on technical speakers for meetings and programs; and notify members of programs which may be of special interest to Black physicists, The Technical Executive Officer shall perform other duties as deemed desirable by the President, or as may be provided in the Constitution and By-Laws


Frequently Asked Questions About the Upcoming NSBP Election

Can members of the Nomination committee nominate and recommend candidates?

Yes, they can.

Do I need to pay my dues? Are my dues current?

Consistent with the constitution, only members who have paid their dues will be eligible to vote.  In order to enable as members as possible to vote, we will include all those who have paid from October 1, 2016 through the end of the election November 4th, 2017.  You can contact Monique Howard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm that your dues are current.  If anyone is concerned about their name being unfairly excluded, they can also contact the committee chair, Jami Valentine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I tried to pay a long time ago but the website wasn’t working. What’s up with that?

We understand that the website was not reliable in the past, but it has been working well for a while now.  Dues payments are processed through Credit Card or Paypal which is a safe, secure system that provides reliable recordkeeping. If there are any questions about payment, please click the contact us link at the top of the page to have someone assist you with your dues payment.

How do I pay my dues online?

Go to nsbp.org and at the top select the Regular Membership option under Membership in the main menu.

How do I nominate someone or myself?

All nominees, nominators, and endorsers must be current NSBP members. Members of the Nominations and Screening Committee are eligible to serve as nominators or endorsers. To nominate an outstanding scientist to serve on the NSBP Board of Directors, please submit the following online by 11:59pm EST, October 16, 2017:

  1. Complete online Nomination form: https://form.jotform.us/nsbpelection/2017

  2. Nominee’s current curriculum vitae

  3. One candidate statement of interest.

  4. One photo

  5. At least one letter of support for the candidate from NSBP members.

All nominations will be treated confidentially by the Nomination and Screening Committee. Incomplete nomination packets will not be considered. The Committee will review the nominations and subsequently submit a slate of candidates to the membership for a vote. Only those nominees elected to serve on the Board of Directors will be notified by the Committee.

PLEASE DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO THE NOMINATION PROCESS OR ELECTION PROCESS TO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How will the online/in-person voting work?

A quick summary of the voting process:

  • The Online election is being processed by DirectVote and will be pen from 10/21 until 11/4/17.
  • Each regular member who has paid their dues will receive an email from DirectVote with a unique link, identifier and password that they can use to log in to the online election website.
  • Once logged in, members will be able to see each candidate’s bio/statement and a photo.
  • After voting, members will be able to complete a brief survey about the election.
At the end of the voting period (11/4) DirectVote will provide a detailed election report including all results and comments. 

Will Students vote?

No. Student members do not vote, Per the Constitution:

  • Article III Section 3 states that “Associate Membership is open to those persons who do not satisfy the criteria of Article III, Section l, including students, who affirm the purpose of the society and whose interest and activity in physics would make them desirable members"
  • Further, Article III Section 6 states that “On all questions requiring a vote, each active regular member shall have one vote in the assembly of active regular members” 

What about the Student Representative?  How is that decided?

Presently, the student representative is not an elected position—it is appointed by the President.  Any students wishing to be considered can send their information to the N/S committee and we will forward all submissions to the board, including those already received.